Mike led my hubby to the Lord many years ago, and soon afterward suggested that my hubby and brother-in-law might want to work with the youth. So my hubby and BIL began to do just that . . . and today my brother-in-law is a Campus Life missionary in Louisiana and has influenced hundreds of kids in the name of Jesus. My sweet husband has been in youth ministry for thirty years . . . and it all began with a word of encouragement.
I’m a writer because Pastor Derric Johnson once told me I had a way with words so, “why don’t you try writing?” I don’t think I would ever have thought of it without that nudge.
Someone asked the other day why I speak in schools . . . and I had to ask myself the same question. For marketing? LOL. I’m not even writing kids’ books these days, so it’s surely not marketing. Sales? Not really. I sell a few books, but not nearly enough to justify leaving home and losing a work day. The paycheck? There were some months last year when I truly needed the honorarium provided by my school sponsor, but again, it’d be a lot easier to stay home and work.
So why do I do it? Because someone once told me I had a way with words . . . and someone once told my husband he ought to think about working with kids.
I don’t tell the kids they should all be writers, because I know they’re not all cut out to be. But I do tell them that I’ve learned it’s far better to obey God day by day and listen for His voice than to chase dreams that may or may not be part of His plan for them. “If you’ll do that,” I tell them, “what you become will be so much better than anything you could dream.”
That’s why I do it. Because kids look up to authors, and if even a single kid from each school remembers the gist of my message, that’ll count for something in the perspective of eternity.
We never know when our words are molding soft clay . . . so may the Lord remind us to make sure our words are “fitly spoken,” like apples of silver.